Picard 2.6.4 released

Picard 2.6.4 is a maintenance release for Picard 2.6. It contains a couple of bug fixes, including possible crashes and startup issues on Windows. Users of Picard 2.6 are highly recommended to update.

The latest release is available for download on the Picard download page.

Thanks a lot to everyone who gave feedback and reported issues.

What’s new?

Bugfixes

  • [PICARD-2199] – Saving ID3 ratings fails, if rating e-mail contains non latin-1 characters
  • [PICARD-2200] – Copy and pasting function names from inline scripting docs can copy Unicode left-to-right mark
  • [PICARD-2230] – Picard fails to start on Windows if the hostname contains non-ASCII characters and browser integration is enabled
  • [PICARD-2269] – “TypeError: arguments did not match any overloaded call” with Python 3.10
  • [PICARD-2274] – Picard 2.6.3 crashes when track is removed or moved during lookup

Known issues

  • On Windows if the computer name contains non-ASCII characters the browser integration will not work. The only known workaround is to rename the computer so the name consists only of ASCII characters. While Picard 2.6.3 would crash in such a situation when starting, we fixed this crash in Picard 2.6.4. But the root cause is actually a bug in Python 3, which we will solve by an upgrade to Python 3.8.10 with the upcoming release of Picard 2.7. See PICARD-2230 for details.
  • Copy and pasting code from the built-in script documentation Window when using Picard with Arabic or Hebrew language can cause invisible Unicode left-to-right mark control characters to be copied. This can have unintended side effects in your script. This will be properly handled with Picard 2.7, where control characters will be made visible in the script editor. For details see PICARD-2200 and PICARD-2204.

A beta release for the upcoming Picard 2.7 will be available soon.

MusicBrainz Server update, 2021-10-04

This time we have a lot of small fixes for URLs, including URL seeding and cleanup, and a couple other small bugfixes. Nothing particularly big, but still hopefully useful!

A new release of MusicBrainz Docker is also available that matches this update of MusicBrainz Server. See the release notes for update instructions.

Thanks to atj, chaban, Cyberskull, danbloo, HDS, HibiscusKazeneko, mr_maxis and yyoung for having reported bugs and suggested improvements. Thanks to AO, Besnik, mfmeulenbelt, salo.rock, SpearDog and wa2c for updating the translations. And thanks to all others who tested the beta version!

The git tag is v-2021-10-04.

Fixed Bug

  • [MBS-10902] – Release language shown in edit list as [No lyrics] instead of No linguistic content
  • [MBS-11852] – ISE when approving edit
  • [MBS-11952] – Don’t select free streaming for Vimeo On Demand URLs
  • [MBS-11960] – Artist editor URL seeding displays empty text field
  • [MBS-11970] – reCAPTCHA sometimes doesn’t load on the account registration page
  • [MBS-11973] – Release groups with pending edits not highlighted on artist recordings page
  • [MBS-11977] – Mismatched entity type in external links editor doesn’t trigger the appropriate error message
  • [MBS-11989] – Delete release group alias page fails with React error
  • [MBS-11998] – Total ratings counts do not include place ratings

Improvement

  • [MBS-11830] – Add more collection statistics
  • [MBS-11896] – Remove the unique_primary_for_locale triggers and associated functions
  • [MBS-11941] – Normalize Worldcat identities URLs
  • [MBS-11957] – twitch.com links should be normalized to twitch.tv
  • [MBS-11959] – Allow RYM links for music video recordings
  • [MBS-11961] – Rename “random” in edit search since it’s not actually random
  • [MBS-11968] – Allow VIAF, DNB and LoC links for series
  • [MBS-11975] – Clean up CDJapan detailview URLs
  • [MBS-11978] – Move edit icons of external links editor to the left side

New Feature

  • [MBS-10621] – Add autoselect + sidebar for Tidal URLs

React Conversion Task

  • [MBS-10639] – Convert release merge edit to React

MusicBrainz Server update, 2021-09-20

We’re back to our usual two-week cycle with a relatively small set of changes, of which the most interesting might be that you can use some extra includes in the MusicBrainz API: release-group-level-rels for release lookups, and recording-level-rels and work-level-rels on release browses. Keep in mind that recording level relationships are still restricted to the same 500 recording limit that applies to very large release lookups, to keep the size of the API responses somewhat sensible – anything over 500 recordings and you’ll need to get the relationships entity by entity.

Additionally, we found an issue where the “make my tags private” setting was not being respected when users tried to navigate straight to a tag page, such as https://musicbrainz.org/user/username/tag/tagname, making it possible to see what the user in question had tagged with tagname even if the tags were meant to be private. This was fixed on both the beta and production servers as soon as we were made aware of it by CatQuest, but we cannot guarantee that it was never used by any too-curious editor who failed to report it before. We apologize for any possible breach of your tag privacy.

A new release of MusicBrainz Docker is also available that matches this update of MusicBrainz Server. See the release notes for update instructions.

Thanks to atj, CatQuest, chaban, Cyberskull, jesus2099, MrClon, mr_maxis and outsidecontext for having reported bugs and suggested improvements. Thanks to mfmeulenbelt and salo.rock for updating the translations. And thanks to all others who tested the beta version!

The git tag is v-2021-09-20.

Fixed Bug

  • [MBS-8820] – An artist with only event rels has a fully blank relationships page
  • [MBS-9454] – URL entities do not always get purged when last entity association is removed
  • [MBS-11717] – Pending artist credit edits warning missing in artist credits reports
  • [MBS-11932] – URL-Work license relationships not excluded from “Report for same URL linked to many entities” report
  • [MBS-11940] – /ws/2/tag return 500 code for invalid requests
  • [MBS-11944] – Place merge button on areas says “Add selected labels for merging”
  • [MBS-11976] – User tag page is not private even when meant to be

Improvement

  • [MBS-6140] – Add “recording-level-rels” (and “work-rels”) support to “Release” browse web service
  • [MBS-8098] – Allow release-group-level-rels in release lookup
  • [MBS-11130] – Clarify it’s not possible to subscribe to VA / [no label]
  • [MBS-11794] – Link to edit searches on statistic page
  • [MBS-11799] – Display “credited as” field in sidebar external links
  • [MBS-11907] – Block vyd.co link aggregator

New Feature

  • [MBS-11819] – Show OAuth authorizations for account admins
  • [MBS-11843] – Add report for “Events with annotations”

React Conversion Task

  • [MBS-11841] – Convert Set Track Lengths edit to React

MusicBrainz Server update, 2021-09-06

Today we’re happy to release yyoung’s work to improve the external links editor; see his detailed blog post for more information. Thanks for your hard work, yyoung!

This release also contains quite a few bug fixes and improvements, given the amount of time since last release. Several fix guess-case issues, and we’ve refactored the guess-case code to be more maintainable in the future. A visible improvement you may notice is that we now display icons next to entity links in relationships to help distinguish different types of entities. (If you’ve been editing on MusicBrainz for a long time, you may remember something similar from the classic, pre-NGS website.)

A new release of MusicBrainz Docker is also available that matches this update of MusicBrainz Server. See the release notes for update instructions.

Thanks to aerozol, angriestchair, Beckfield, bsammon, chaban, CyberSkull, danBLOO, Dibou, Freso, HDS, jesus2099, KRSCuan, mr_maxis, mtrolley, navap, salo.rock, Shepard, yindesu, and yyoung for having reported bugs and suggested improvements. Thanks to Besnik, ffff23, kellnerd, mfmeulenbelt, panos, salo.rock, th1rtyf0ur, V6lur, and yoshi818 for updating the translations. And thanks to all others who tested the beta version!

The git tag is v-2021-09-06.

Fixed Bug

  • [MBS-11793] – Wikipedia abstract is fetched even though URL is ended
  • [MBS-11795] – Text overflow in external link relationship type description tooltip
  • [MBS-11802] – ISE on “Edit relationship type” edit for removed type
  • [MBS-11806] – Relationships for different tracks are wrongly grouped on release bottom credit display
  • [MBS-11812] – Merge queue: Missing whitespace before “New disc title”
  • [MBS-11832] – artist-credit/id page gives TypeError if the id does not exist
  • [MBS-11854] – Guess Case doesn’t properly capitalize after Unicode hyphen U+2010
  • [MBS-11861] – Weird odd/even classes client-side for tablesorted statistics
  • [MBS-11864] – Some DNB links are wrongly marked as invalid
  • [MBS-11922] – pre-NGS release type not shown for compilation
  • [MBS-11933] – /oauth2/token doesn’t validate the code parameter

Improvement

  • [MBS-2221] – Description for how to set a relationship as “in” a date
  • [MBS-2418] – Show “Edit URL” edits in entity edit histories
  • [MBS-2421] – Small icon near recording / work / release / artist / … names to distinguish them
  • [MBS-3774] – Add URL relationship with begin and end dates
  • [MBS-7859] – Hide relationships from original recordings to other/derived versions in release view
  • [MBS-10054] – Better editing/viewing of URL relationships from Artist page
  • [MBS-10910] – Display renamed labels on Overview
  • [MBS-11267] – Show label for cover art pieces when reordering cover art
  • [MBS-11391] – Show changes made to external link when editing URL relationship
  • [MBS-11622] – Clean up Apple Music label URLs
  • [MBS-11650] – Add Tag statistics to profile page
  • [MBS-11680] – Group editing URL relationships by external link
  • [MBS-11693] – Give useful message when rejecting Musixmatch /album links
  • [MBS-11722] – Don’t preselect basic as language proficiency
  • [MBS-11732] – Remove LYRICSnMUSIC from lyrics whitelist
  • [MBS-11733] – Remove WikiaParoles from lyrics whitelist
  • [MBS-11788] – Guess case: Lowercase “official” in ETI
  • [MBS-11796] – Add Internet Archive logo for sidebar
  • [MBS-11797] – Guess case: Lowercase “censored”, “uncensored”, “explicit” in ETI
  • [MBS-11798] – Disallow Instagram /accounts link and other internal links
  • [MBS-11808] – Don’t show entities in tag pages where vote count for tag is lower than 1
  • [MBS-11810] – Merge queue: Rename “disc title” to “medium title”
  • [MBS-11811] – Make Tracklist editing buttons behave consistently on collapsed mediums
  • [MBS-11823] – Don’t insert line breaks inside tag words
  • [MBS-11824] – featured artist reports should look for featured artists without a space
  • [MBS-11825] – Use consistent order for art types when editing vs adding cover art
  • [MBS-11833] – Drop “f.” from the featured artists reports
  • [MBS-11846] – Display release artist on release group view
  • [MBS-11850] – Make footer links more visible
  • [MBS-11862] – Do not show deprecated relationship types with 0 uses in selectors
  • [MBS-11863] – Allow DNB links for works
  • [MBS-11875] – Braille should not be looked for in “Releases with unlikely language/script pairs” in connection to a spoken/written language
  • [MBS-11888] – Automatically set/disable ended when setting an end date in DateRangeFieldset
  • [MBS-11891] – Use HTTPS when linking to Jira
  • [MBS-11912] – Also allow Mainly Norfolk as a lyrics source
  • [MBS-11913] – Auto-select “stream” additionaly to “download” for Jamendo URLs
  • [MBS-11915] – Don’t show area icon if there’s already a flag icon
  • [MBS-11924] – Remove redundant tabs/links/info from deleted editor profiles

New Feature

  • [MBS-9426] – Interface to remove usernames from blocked list
  • [MBS-9902] – Support auto-select/cleanup/validation of more than one relationship type for external links
  • [MBS-11689] – Report: pseudo-releases marked as the original tracklist
  • [MBS-11828] – Add admin interface for checking whether a username is blocked
  • [MBS-11848] – Add report for “Releases with Amazon cover art without any Cover Art Archive images”

React Conversion Task

  • [MBS-11834] – Convert Add Release edit to React
  • [MBS-11835] – Convert Change Wikidoc edit to React
  • [MBS-11836] – Convert Edit Barcodes edit to React
  • [MBS-11837] – Convert Edit Release Label edit to React
  • [MBS-11838] – Convert Edit Release edit to React
  • [MBS-11839] – Convert Remove Relationship Attribute edit to React
  • [MBS-11840] – Convert Reorder Mediums edit to React

Other Task

  • [MBS-11805] – Add flow typing to guess case code
  • [MBS-11856] – Remove reports for releases with cover art relationships
  • [MBS-11928] – Drop consul-template for deployment

GSoC 2021: Pin Recordings and CritiqueBrainz Integration in ListenBrainz

Hi! I am Jason Dao, aka jasondk on IRC. I’m a third year undergrad at University of California, Davis. This past summer, I’ve been working with the MetaBrainz team to add some neat features to the project ListenBrainz.

Continue reading “GSoC 2021: Pin Recordings and CritiqueBrainz Integration in ListenBrainz”

GSoC 2021: Push the URL relationship editor to the next level

Hello everyone, I’m Yang Yang (aka yyoung), an undergraduate student from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. I am honored to be accepted as a student of Google Summer of Code 2021 in MetaBrainz Foundation to work on the improvements of external links editor. I had a good time with the MusicBrainz dev team this summer, and it was a valuable experience for me. This is a final report and overview of my work.

Continue reading “GSoC 2021: Push the URL relationship editor to the next level”

MusicBrainz App

Greetings, Everyone!

The MusicBrainz Mobile App developers have been working at full capacity, improving the user experience, incorporating more features and functionalities, while making sure the core purpose of the app remains as promised.

Since its inception in 2010, the MusicBrainz Official App has come a long way. The App currently is highly maintained and has been actively open for contributions. A systematic approach is being followed and updates are being made on a regular basis.

The most important revamp which has been worked on for the past few months is the Tagger feature available in the MusicBrainz Android App.

Functionalities like fetching the local album arts, searching through all your local music files at one go, retrieving the cover art from the server, and heading to the recording directly are some of the key highlights of the upcoming Tagger.

Picard has finally made an official entry to the MusicBrainz App where users can now send their releases to the original Picard desktop app with the click of a button. This has been worked on in collaboration with the Picard team and proper documentation on its usage will be shared soon.

The completely new addition of Listen and Critique showcases the functionalities of ListenBrainz and CritiqueBrainz websites natively from the app. Currently, these will be available as advanced features on the app.

A well-prepared Onboarding and About section will take you through every important detail on the app and make sure you are aware of all the functionalities in the best and optimized way possible.

Proper documentation of every feature is being prepared. The App is finally out in Production, do head to the stores and give it a try!

We are really excited to make the MusicBrainz App as user-friendly as possible for you, while we take care of all the wonder behind it!

Play Store: MusicBrainz – Apps on Google Play

F-Droid: MusicBrainz | F-Droid – Free and Open Source Android App Repository

Github: metabrainz/musicbrainz-android

Thank you!

MusicBrainz Server update, 2021-07-19

A week late, but here’s another server update! This time we fixed a bunch of bugs both new and old, added a bunch of new reports, and made it possible to find edits based on the content of their edit notes. Additionally, the bottom credits display for releases now hides irrelevant work relationships (they have been hidden in the inline display for a few months already).

A new release of MusicBrainz Docker is also available that matches this update of MusicBrainz Server. See the release notes for update instructions.

Thanks to cam1170, CatQuest, chaban, Cyberskull, jesus2099, ROpdebee and yindesu for having reported bugs and suggested improvements. Thanks to Besnik, kellnerd, mfmeulenbelt, salo.rock, yoshi818 and zas for updating the translations. And thanks to all others who tested the beta version!

The git tag is v-2021-07-19.

Fixed Bug

  • [MBS-11711] – Bad request for no longer existing paginated relationships
  • [MBS-11726] – Typo mistake in set cover art>Comment
  • [MBS-11753] – Artist credit editor range select is broken
  • [MBS-11757] – CDJapan sidebar link is misspelled as “CD Japan”
  • [MBS-11761] – Blank ratings in release collections pages
  • [MBS-11767] – Track-level artists that differ from the release artist are no longer shown on multi-disc releases that aren’t fully loaded
  • [MBS-11775] – Guess Feat is broken for release groups
  • [MBS-11776] – “loading-message” class missing from release loading section

Improvement

  • [MBS-10367] – Allow requesting copy of sent report when reporting
  • [MBS-11443] – Add option to sort edits by edit note date
  • [MBS-11578] – Link tracks in “Recordings with a different name than their only track” report
  • [MBS-11614] – Allow merging releases with the same structure when a medium is empty
  • [MBS-11664] – Enable Disc IDs tab when any are attached to unsupported mediums
  • [MBS-11744] – Improve Release date mouse selection (for copy)
  • [MBS-11747] – Consistent display of edit preview in release editor
  • [MBS-11765] – Add standalone recording statistics
  • [MBS-11769] – Display number of recordings with ISRCs and works with ISWCs on stats page
  • [MBS-11772] – Add the Greek (συμμ. <artist name>) to the Featured Artists reports
  • [MBS-11773] – Make “featuring in title” reports case insensitive
  • [MBS-11774] – Add fullwidth feat / featuring to the featuring reports
  • [MBS-11782] – Also hide medleys, versions, etc. on the bottom credits view of releases

New Feature

  • [MBS-8371] – Search in edit notes
  • [MBS-10844] – Report for same URL linked to many entities
  • [MBS-11335] – Report for reused Wikidata items
  • [MBS-11381] – Add a way to add and update timeline events through the website
  • [MBS-11666] – Report for releases that have disc IDs but are not supposed to have them
  • [MBS-11679] – Wish users a happy MB anniversary

React Conversion Task

MusicBrainz Server update, 2021-06-28

This time we have a release with a fair amount of small bug fixes and improvements, but the main improvement you might notice is that release pages are now a lot more efficient for releases with a lot of tracks. Any release with more than 100 tracks will be loaded only partially, and more tracks can be loaded if useful. This avoids loading hundreds of tracks (and all relevant relationships) in cases where the user doesn’t actually need them, and it will make it possible to load some releases with over a thousand tracks which would consistently time out before.

A new release of MusicBrainz Docker is also available that matches this update of MusicBrainz Server. See the release notes for update instructions.

Thanks to yyoung for improving errors in URL editor. Thanks to chaban, Cyberskull, jaw111, Jeluang, jesus2099, nikki, salo.rock, Yurim for having reported bugs and suggested improvements. Thanks to Besnik, kellnerd, mfmeulenbelt and salo.rock for updating the translations. And thanks to all others who tested the beta version!

The git tag is v-2021-06-28.

Fixed Bug

  • [MBS-6811] – Edit note permalinks are not always canonical
  • [MBS-8678] – Split Artist not blocked by all relationships
  • [MBS-8844] – “Display Credits at Bottom” doesn’t work for releases with collapsed mediums
  • [MBS-11522] – Regression: Link to release group missing in “Set cover art” edit
  • [MBS-11697] – Old release group type (now secondary) not displayed on edits
  • [MBS-11703] – Release index pages with a lot of tracks and relationships often time out
  • [MBS-11724] – Typo in Disc IDs attached but not applied report
  • [MBS-11734] – ISE when filtering duplicate artists report
  • [MBS-11737] – The cover art upload form claims “we don’t own the associated item” even though we do

Improvement

  • [MBS-5632] – Make it clear in Set Cover Art edits that the old cover art is not displayed because it was automatically picked
  • [MBS-5680] – Allow inc=artist-credits when combined with release-group-rels, release-rels or recording-rels
  • [MBS-8700] – Include genres in JSON-LD (RDF) representation of resources
  • [MBS-9695] – Allow editing link_creditable_attribute_type / link_text_attribute_type from the UI
  • [MBS-9826] – Make edit expiration time show days + hours when it will take more than a day
  • [MBS-10307] – Cover art types selector are inconsistent between add and edit actions
  • [MBS-11342] – Clarify that recording duration will change if track duration is changed
  • [MBS-11421] – Give useful message when trying to split empty artist
  • [MBS-11644] – Allow specifying target release MBID when moving disc ID
  • [MBS-11698] – More specific target of external link error messages

New Feature

  • [MBS-8070] – Show Events in contained Places in Area Events tab
  • [MBS-8866] – Show Artist relations on Split Artist page

React Conversion Task

  • [MBS-9921] – Convert the release index page to React
  • [MBS-11520] – Convert Remove Relationship Type edit to React
  • [MBS-11523] – Convert Set Cover Art edit to React

Other Task

  • [MBS-10463] – Remove the iframe-based cover art image uploader
  • [MBS-10711] – Convert standard report lists to react-table
  • [MBS-11677] – Add Selenium tests for the CAA

MusicBrainz Server update, 2021-06-14

This week we spent some time looking through code that had been sitting for a long time waiting for a review while we worked on all sorts of other things. Most of the changes are small – one that might be more noticeable is that on recording lists you can now see the release groups the recording appears on. This should make it easier to figure out what is going on when a list has many recordings with the same name.

A new release of MusicBrainz Docker is also available that matches this update of MusicBrainz Server. See the release notes for update instructions.

Thanks to yyoung for fixing a display bug with external links. Thanks to chaban, HibiscusKazeneko, Ian Tresman, Jeluang, otringal and salo.rock for having reported bugs and suggested improvements. Thanks to ffff23 and salo.rock for updating the translations. And thanks to all others who tested the beta version!

The git tag is v-2021-06-14.

Fixed Bug

  • [MBS-11371] – JSON-LD “member” returns “1991-1992” only for “1991-1992, 2000-present”
  • [MBS-11440] – Subscribers page for private collection is not private
  • [MBS-11638] – Work form allows adding duplicate work attributes
  • [MBS-11639] – Changing work attribute type always keeps the old value
  • [MBS-11640] – Errors never shown for work attribute fields with fixed values
  • [MBS-11682] – Deadlock when entering edits
  • [MBS-11688] – The external link section will disappear once any link starts with //
  • [MBS-11700] – ISE when viewing “Remove disc ID” edit
  • [MBS-11702] – Disc ID: Same release displayed twice when moving disc-id

Improvement

  • [MBS-4826] – Display source release next to recordings
  • [MBS-10205] – Readd a link to the Data Removal Policy under the “About us” drop-down menu
  • [MBS-11293] – Report: streaming relationships in non-digital releases
  • [MBS-11337] – Always link to URL entity page and link on URL reports
  • [MBS-11609] – Show genre disambiguation on autocomplete dropdown
  • [MBS-11627] – Don’t show “delete” link for deleted editors
  • [MBS-11696] – Disallow Twitter documentation links

New Feature

  • [MBS-9098] – Add JSON-LD “memberOf” relationship to artists who are members of groups
  • [MBS-10107] – Add overview pages for relationship attributes
  • [MBS-11290] – Report of works with a type which are part of a work with the same type
  • [MBS-11305] – Report for erroneous looking trailing join phrases

React Conversion Task

  • [MBS-10997] – Convert /search/error files to React
  • [MBS-11326] – Convert edit/notes.tt to React
  • [MBS-11430] – Convert format_setlist to Javascript

Other Task

  • [MBS-11330] – Split root/types.js into smaller files
  • [MBS-11553] – Move from passing $c to using React.useContext in layout pages